The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s (NGPC) Deer Exchange is open for the season.
Kit Hams, NGPC Big Game Program manager, says the effort to connect hunters and those who want venison remains popular.
“It was more popular when we had a lot of deer,” Hams tells Nebraska Radio Network. “There’s less deer to be donated now, but there’s over 200 people who are signed up on it now.”
He admits the majority of those in the Exchange are people who want to receive deer. Hams says those who want to donate, sign up and then remove their names once they run out of meat.
State law prohibits hunters from selling any wild game, but they can get reimbursed for processing the meat.
“There’s a transfer card that the two parties involved fill out that information, as documentation of it being a legally harvested deer,” Hams explains. “It can be an entire field-dressed carcass deer or it can be packaged meat from a processor.”
He says anyone can sign up to receive free meat on the Exchange, and people from Washington and Texas have.
“Some people, that’s all they can eat. It’s incredibly important to them that they can get donated, wild deer meat,” Hams says. “I talked to one lady last year – I think she took in at least a half a dozen deer.”
You can sign up for the Deer Exchange HERE.